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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Cup of Words - Exercise Results 4/14/08

On Monday night, I facilitated my first writer's group at a local coffee shop near my home. I've named the group A CUP OF WORDS. Though the turnout was sparse, we enjoyed lots of timed writing exercises, and the prompts I found online were very creative. Here's a sample of my best work from last night, edited and revised after the fact, of course:


A Cup of Words
Writing Practice
4/14/08

Prompt : Emily Dickinson’s “Bring me the sunset in a cup…”



bring me the sunset
in a cup
warm and golden
spilling out across
the floor at my feet

I’ll stretch my toes
and soak up the heat
laugh at the splash
of light on the tile

bring me the wind
in a mason jar
sighing out into
the twilight hours
with a gentle moan

I’ll close my eyes
and let it caress
the skin of my cheek
and tickle my ear

bring me the flash
of summer fireflies
captured in the
palm of your hand
sticky and warm

I’ll whisper my secrets
with a brush of my lips
against your fingers
before you let them fly again

bring me an inky
blanket of stars
wrapped in a shawl
around my shoulders
as I sit here quietly

I’ll shine them across my page
as words line up to tell
what I could not
without your gifts

~TLS, April 14, 2008

1 comment:

Childlife said...

Oh, what a fun thing to start - I bet it will grow :)

I love Dickenson, and your take on the prompt is lovely!

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